Junior League awards $75,000 in grant funding to local nonprofits

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County has awarded its Signature Grant to two deserving local nonprofit organizations. Members voted to award $43,347 to the Edmondson-Telford Center for forensic equipment and a medical exam room upgrade. The remaining $31,653 was awarded to Family Promise for renovation of affordable home for transitional housing.

Annually, the League sets aside a portion of the proceeds from major fundraisers such as Charity Ball and Thrift Sale for the purpose of awarding the Signature Project Grant every five years. The grant traditionally goes to a project or program that directly promotes the League’s mission of improving the community and promoting the well-being of children and families.

Past grant recipients include:

  • 2011: Gateway Domestic Violence Center Transitional Housing Project
  • 2006: Sonrise Camp Sensory Integration Trail
  • 2001: Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County “The Joseph F. Walters Club” Facility

Total funds available for the 2016 grant cycle were $75,000. Nonprofits were invited to submit proposals for project funding between $25,000 and $75,000. Agencies/programs wishing to be considered for the Grant were required to submit an initial Letter of Intent by August 14, 2015. The agencies/programs determined to best align with the mission and vision of the League were invited to submit a full application package by October 1, 2015.

The Signature Grant Committee, led by members Lauren Samples and Anna Moore, selected three finalists who presented at the League’s General Membership meeting on Feb. 2, 2016. Active members then voted via secret ballot.